The first man to fly a micro-light aircraft over the summit of Everest is set to receive an honorary doctorate from UCE Birmingham tomorrow.
After gaining his pilot's licence 22 years ago, Richard Meredith-Hardy has constantly tried to climb higher in his aircraft and in May 2004 he flew at 29,954ft, over the summit.
He is to receive the honorary award of Doctor of the University from UCE Birmingham in recognition of his aeronautical achievements, at the university's awards congregation ceremony in the Symphony Hall.
The ceremony will celebrate the work and achievements of students graduating from the university's business school.
Dr Peter Knight, vice chancellor of UCE Birmingham, said: "Richard Meredith-Hardy is an alumnus of the university who graduated from UCE Birmingham's Institute of Art and Design.
"The Honorary doctorate is awarded in recognition of his achievements as a microlight pilot, his innovation, courage and adventure."
Mr Meredith-Hardy, who studied industrial design at the then Birmingham Polytechnic, said: "They asked me about six months ago and I am very honoured that they would think of little old me."
He has also been awarded the 67th Gold Medal of the Royal Aero Club.